Animal Models in Virology

  • Joseph L. Bryant


The knowledge we have gained from the study of many diseases that affect humans comes from the study of disease processes in different animal species, and this has enhanced our understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease in humans. The American Medical Association says almost every advance in medical science in the twentieth century, from antibiotics and vaccines to antidepressant drugs and organ transplants, has been achieved either directly or indirectly through the use of animals as models of disease. In this chapter a brief overview of the uses of animal models for research on human viral diseases is presented.

Key Words

AIDS Animal models Cell biochemistry Cell-based assays Cervical cancer Comparative medicine Ebola virus Genetic alterations Genetic make-up Hantavirus Hepatitis C Human papilloma virus Influenza virus Intracellular parasites Mimicry Nipah virus Nonhuman primates SARS Transgenic mice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph L. Bryant
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Models DivisionUniversity of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, The Institute of Human VirologyBaltimore

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